Canibus' latest trip to Columbus diverges from the standard club rap rules of order - DJs spin, an endless parade of openers do their thing, the headliner finally emerges hours later - to try something else entirely. After performing a standard set, the veteran MC will participate in a rap cypher featuring top Columbus rappers like Zero Star, The Catalyst, Searius Add and C10 of Omnibreed.

Canibus' latest trip to Columbus diverges from the standard club rap rules of order - DJs spin, an endless parade of openers do their thing, the headliner finally emerges hours later - to try something else entirely. After performing a standard set, the veteran MC will participate in a rap cypher featuring top Columbus rappers like Zero Star, The Catalyst, Searius Add and C10 of Omnibreed.

Not familiar with the concept? A cypher is basically an in-the-round freestyle session. Sometimes rappers wild out a cappella to the sound of handclaps, stomps or any other organic sounds in the vicinity. This time DJ Bombay will provide the beats. It's as close as you'll come to an old-school park jam in the thick of winter.

It's a good deal too. The show is free, and fans can reserve tables with discount liquor at royalcolumbus.com.